Looks interesting, but there are a few lingering questions remain:
1) Where will the academy be located at? Do you already have the logistics covered? If so, could you share some of these details? (Location/Photos of area/etc)
2) You mention that the Summer program is free to build up excitement for the fall session, but later you mention you will try to help find the developer a position. Are you acting as a recruiter, taking a % of the first year salary?
3) Could you go over in a little more detail the schedule of the class? You mention starting in ruby and moving over to Objective C and iOS, but don't really delve any deeper. You mention that "No programming experience [is] required", so I'd imagine there would be quite a few weeks of basic stuff.
1) We haven’t picked a place yet; but we’re talking to places in East Bay. The likeliest location we’ve seen is in downtown Berkeley off BART.
2) We’re trying to do both. If we place the student at a company we’ve partnered with, we’d collect a fee from that company. But the long-term success of the program is going to be measured by the percentage of students who are ready for and get jobs afterward. We’d want our students to talk to all companies, not just ones we’ve partnered with.
3) We do have a curriculum planned and are running a small trial class in advance of the summer session. We’ll have students working on Ruby basics in advance of the course, and we’ll run a web-based kickoff class to help them prep a few weeks before the official start date. In addition to that, we’ve budgeted three weeks of class time with Ruby and Obj-C to get them up-to-speed with programming fundamentals. We’ve based that timing off of other programs. We’ll jump into iOS then.
Love the idea, and I just applied. But dismayed to read point #2, especially as I ticked 'no' for the last question.
Does this mean that I won't be considered as a likely candidate if I'm just an entrepreneur, or someone who really wants to put these newfound skills to use but doesn't yet know how? If that's the case, some additional details as to admission criteria would be welcome in the FAQ.
Hi Ned - would you all consider offering a free scholarship for the Fall course as well? I think for those who are already employed, the July 23rd start date is a very quick turnaround to quit or take a leave of absence. It would be much better to have more time to prepare.
I teach an intensive "Programming for Bioinformatics" course that, in just about a week, goes from "here's the terminal" to having people comfortable (if not completely proficient) with programming. From there, it's possible to dive into deeper stuff.
The enrollment is typically about 60% grad students and 40% post-docs in the various Biology departments at UC Berkeley. We'd like to increase the number of people we can support, but at the moment are limited by the instructors time (we are grad students ourselves, and supposedly primarily research focused).
If no programming experience required, What are the other prerequisites for this course? Can anyone without a collage degree join ? Do you think person with zero programming experience with just 9 weeks of study get $80k salary ?
This is great. Especially with services like Parse out there, I could see how a sufficiently motivated/creative person could start from zero programming experience and become a skilled iOS developer in the course of a summer.
I'm interested to know why age is one of the required fields. Will there be any preference given to people who are either "old enough" or "young enough?"
Making something like that required without disclosing why it's being asked seems like an invitation for people to supply false information in hopes of not being passed over for an arbitrary reason like their age.
Thanks for the reply. I put my age in anyway :)
The application form was actually fun to fill out, it got me thinking about my motivations for wanting to join the class, and a bit of looking at oneself is always a useful thing to do.
This looks great. I applied. Will you guys help with housing or perhaps providing it would be great. You know what would be awesome? If you are finding spaces, why don't you find a hacker house and then people can live as well as learn together. This way all the participants won't have to spend money on rent and try to find an apartment?
This is a great idea. I'm 21 and currently live on the east coast and I am thinking of applying. However with limited income I am wondering how I would find temporary housing for the course. In my area at least it's very hard to find a 2 month lease and living out of a hotel doesn't sound very financially practical.